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July 19, 2011

Shorties (Patti Smith, George R.R. Martin, and more)

Patti Smith gives Pop & Hiss a glimpse into her music listening habits.


George R.R. Martin talks to All Things Considered about A Dance with Dragons, the latest book in his A Song of Fire and Ice series.


Fresh Air interviews Gillian Welch and David Rawlings about Welch's new album, The Harrow and the Harvest.


Playbill reports that Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs is collaborating on an opera.


Flavorwire creates a literary mixtape for Gregor Samsa from The Metamorphosis.


Reverb interviews Kim Thayil of Soundgarden.


Fork in the Road lists the top 10 literary toasts.


Billboard.biz attempts to define independent music labels.


The Guardian lists authors who are famous for books other than their best.


PopMatters examines hair metal's proto-punk roots.


At Grantland, Hipster Runoff's Carles talks about the lessons learned from watching Friday Night Lights.


Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs visits Sound Opinions for an interview and live performance.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: They Might Be Giants' new album Join Us.


At Robert Lopez's blog, Laura van den Berg lists nine discarded first lines from her novel.


The shortlist for Britain's Mercury Music Prize has been named.

The Line of Best Fit offers its own shortlist or worthy albums for the prize.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Jason Zinoman's new book Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood and Invented Modern Horror.


Alexandre Desplat talks to Deceptive Cadence about scoring teh Harry Potter films.


Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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